Weekend social 15/03/2013

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Christmas truce 1914Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever.

No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

29 comments on “Weekend social 15/03/2013”

  1. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 1

    I have friends renewing their vows. Why? Didn’t they mean it the first time?

    • Rosie 1.1

      Could be a number of reasons Gormless. Perhaps
      A) They are feeling a bit insecure and want to shore up and cement their relationship via ceremony
      B) They’re over the romantic stages and on to another level and want to celebrate that new level
      C) They just felt like a party.

  2. TheContrarian 2

    Saturday afternoon I jumping on a plane and heading out for a 3 week holiday in Japan.

    Damned excited.

    • ianmac 2.1

      Sayanora then Contrarian.
      Went to Japan once but only as a two hour stopover on the way to London. Does that count?

    • mac1 2.2

      So you should be excited, Contrarian. I had three weeks in Japan where my daughter worked and saw a fascinating amount from schools to shrines, castles to temples, ate great food, even found a boutique beer and enjoyed the Shinkansen fast train. I really liked the country and now have a son-in-law from Osaka to keep the ties familial.

      • TheContrarian 2.2.1

        It’s been on my list of places to visit for awhile but always got bumped in favour of other countries so pleased I am finally going.

        Really looking forward to the food I must say.

  3. vto 3

    A fresh new wild salmon taken from a remote clear blue rivermouth at a long empty beach into a sparkling blue sea by a young family member. The sparkle, the flash and splash of the jump, the silver of a newly minted coin, the brilliance of the blue, the utter excitement, the strength of the fight, the wild, the sun, and again the utter excitement. Well, that was last weekend – don’t think much could trump that for this weekend.

    • ianmac 3.1

      My brother-in-Law has a keen interest in salmon and he organises the seeding of salmon eggs in rivers/creeks way up in the foothills of Canterbury. 990,000 planted last year with maybe 3-5% survival rate in 4-5 years. Ironically neither he nor his son have caught any salmon this year in spite of many trips to the mouths. So good on your young family member! John reckons salmon won’t head into streams if the temperature is greater than 17 degrees, so hot weather might deter.

      • Ennui 3.1.1

        Trouting for me, salmon take real dedication. Just love freshwater fishing.

        Big weekend, gonna do a rain dance. There are some autumn raspberries growing that need some rain to mature, the feathered girls are asking for them in exchange for eggs.

        • vto

          ianmac, that is a lot of salmon. Been some big salmon runs this year I understand. Ennui, he was actually going for a sea-run trout but the salmon took it so it was one big effort to bring the whopper in on light gear. Made it all the more exciting..

          • Ennui

            Lots of fun. Interesting that with the drought the fish have still been in top condition, and lively. Good effort on the salmon.

  4. Saccharomyces 4

    Hopefully finishing off my project car…… I say hopefully, because every time I think a job’s going to go smoothly something slows me down/stops me until I can get parts during the week or something!

    And also clearing out spare room no1 to get stuff from it to move to (due in 4 months) baby’s room, and moving stuff from the baby’s room to the spare room. Problem being the spare room is so chocka with stuff things need to be taken out of it before stuff can be moved into it. A bit like a Tetris. Also listing stuff on trademe to clear room in the aforementioned spare room. I used to live in a 40ish sqm apartment, somehow in just under 5 years I’ve filled a 3 brm house with crap!

  5. Met Opera time again, Verdi’s Masked Ball. Great singing but not too keen on the modernization .Somehow it just does not look right.

    Weekend mainly gardening Hopefully some rain to help us .

    • Rosie 5.1

      Yes, I think we’ve all got our fingers crossed for some rain this weekend. The whole country is gasping. The only upside for us is that we didn’t have to pay a premium for indoor stored fire wood this year. We bought 4 cubic metres of outdoor stored which is bone dry anyway! It arrives tomorrow morning – back breaking stuff.

      Enjoy the opera!

  6. aerobubble 6

    Small, tall, pacifists, nationalist, etc, they all were called to service in the great wars. So why when I turned on the parliamentary channel did I see a National MP emphasizing how they all died to go to some halo remembrance, and spent his time reading some soldiers record of the war.

    And where is the reverence in giving up a day every two years out of seven?

    Sorry, but where does Moro on NR get off saying how we should remember them in a very strictly conformist way. Especially since many who died, who are remembered, weren’t conformists but still gave the ultimate sacrifice. I suppose what is eating me is how Moro, and that National MP have forgotten their humanity, the humanity of those who died and are hopeless hypocrites, some people do not want to be told that they have forgotten because they aren’t showing up for the dawn service.

  7. Anne 7

    Tell you what I do aerobubble. I wander along to my local cenotaph in my own time with my poppy bought the previous week. I set it into one of the long planters full of sand (put there for that purpose) and I remember my Dad who survived the war but who fought bravely in the Pacific and he saw some pretty awful sights.

  8. millsy 8

    Brendon McCullum is to the Black Caps is what Shearer is to Labour. Completely useless.

    Only a wanker like him can send the other team in and watch them make over 400, and what is more, broadcast it for 2 days before hand, about how is going to send them in and how he is going to bowl them out for bugger all because he is such a wonderful capitain.

  9. mac1 9

    millsy, forget the Shearer wisecraps here, buddy. It’s fucking tiresome and not in the apolitical spirit of Weekend Social. Thanks.

  10. karol 10

    Wouldn’t you just know it? I’m on a bit of annual leave, have the weekend off, and seem to have a cold/sinus or something. Slowing down my plans for the day.

    • lprent 10.1

      I’ve always noticed that as well. When I slow down is usually when I get the sniffles.

      • Ennui 10.1.1

        Karol, ever tried sinus irrigation? Works a treat.

        • karol

          Yes, thanks Ennui. Did it last night and a few times today. Or rather – nasal irrigation. My nasal passages are now fairly clear, but tis in my eyes. And my energy is low. Also am sneezing.

    • ghostrider888 10.2

      our bodies struggle on in an immuno-compromised way while they have to, followed by retreat;
      rinse and repeat karol

    • Rosie 10.3

      Sorry to hear that Karol. Like Ghostrider says they, its how the immune system, in partnership with the nervous system, behaves. Annoying for us but given the opportunity to rest, it lets it gurard down, so it can catch up with itself.
      Hope you feel rested and refreshed soon.

      BTW: I’m loving these new little greebly avatars thingos we have next to our names. Thanks LPrent.

      • karol 10.3.1

        Thanks for theempathy, Rosie and Lynn.

        Yes, and taking it easy instead of my earlier plan to go out… and hence my unusual (for me) responses to a de-amnestified recidivist

  11. this is something i found the other day that may amuse some..


    ..is also useful for a hint of what we could have here in new zealand..

    phillip ure..

  12. Anne 12

    May I take a bow to myself – cos if I don’t no-one else will. Last weekend I predicted (on Weekend social) rain for much of the country towards the end of the week. 🙂

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